Proceedings of the International Conference on Culture and Language in Southeast Asia (ICCLAS 2017)

The Spread of Mosques in Pre-Independence Malay Peninsula: A Digital Representation

Faridah Noor Mohd. Noor
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Faridah Noor Mohd. Noor
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Mosques; digital atlas; Islam; cultural heritage; Malay Peninsula; oral history.
The coming of Islam to the Malay Peninsula was established after Hinduism had spread throughout the Malay Archipelago. However, different theories abound on the arrival of Islam to the region. At the University of Malaya, a project was conducted to locate sites of mosques built before 1960 in the Malay Peninsula. This presentation is part of a major project on constructing a digital cultural atlas of places of worship built before the independence of Malaya. Fieldwork was conducted to obtain and verify Geographic Information system (GIS) information and interviews were carried out at sites of mosques around the states of West Malaysia. Interviews with informants providing the oral history of the sites to give a richer insight about the mosques. Information gathered is transferred to a digital map of the peninsula to show the location of mosques in each state and images of the mosques. Based on the sites of these mosques and the date they were built, we hope to trace the pattern and perhaps establish the timeline when Islam spread in the Malay Peninsula.
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  title={The Spread of Mosques in Pre-Independence Malay Peninsula: A Digital Representation},
  author={Mohd. Noor, Faridah Noor},
  booktitle={International Conference on Culture and Language in Southeast Asia (ICCLAS 2017)},
  publisher={Atlantis Press}
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